At the press conference announcing his two-year, $20 million deal Wednesday, closer
"From the moment [I] became a free agent, this was the No. 1 club we had our eyes set on," Nathan said. "Why would I come here? The question is, 'Why wouldn't I?' This team is ready to win, they’re ready to win now. [And] not just win — it's not just about getting to the postseason. For me, it's about getting to the World Series."
Though he just turned 39 in November, Nathan is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He recorded 43 saves with a 1.39 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings for the Rangers last season.
"I feel as strong as I ever have," Nathan said.
"I told him to come to camp as a starter and then we'll see," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He has pitched some good games in relief with a lights-out breaking ball. We'll take a look at him and see where he fits best."
Smith has a 5.48 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 career starts. The Brewers already have Tyler Thornburg, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Hellweg and Hiram Burgos to compete for their final rotation spot.
As has been speculated for much of the offseason, the
Braun has said he's amenable to the move. He has played only left field and third base so far in the majors.
General manager Doug Melvin said earlier this offseason that he would like to find a way to get Davis' bat in the lineup. The 25-year-old was a revelation after Ryan Braun was suspended last July, batting .294 with nine home runs and a .981 OPS over his final 109 at-bats.
Braun is expected to shift to right field in 2014 to accommodate Davis in left.
Yahoo! Sports reports that relief pitcher
Mujica saved 37 games for the
The Brewers acquired left-hander
Aoki batted leadoff for the Brewers last season, hitting .286 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases. He has reached base at a .355 clip or better both of his years in the majors. The 31-year-old will most likely play either center or right field for the Royals, depending on what other moves they make this offseason.
If the team is serious about acquiring any and all of those potential targets, they'll llikely face some stiff competition, particularly for Choo, who could see a run on his services with Jacoby Ellsbury off the market.
Contract talks between the
It's not clear yet whether the two side are discussing a three- or four-year deal. Granderson could wind up signing for upwards of $15 million per year, according to one estimate.
The Rockies were previously considering offering Dexter Fowler to the Royals in exchange for one of the team's relievers but wound up shipping him to Houston instead. Crow went 7-5 wtih a 3.38 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 44:22 K:BB ratio in 48 innings last season.